Review: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Friday, December 2

My rating:
5 Stars…

Thousands of stars for this hilarious, blunt, sometimes awkward but always glorious read.


The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends - an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she's experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor's secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably - but only because it's over.


What I loved:
Full disclosure: I'd never watched anything with Amy Schumer in it before I read this book. I wanted to see Trainwreck but I hadn't gotten around to it.
Anyway - this book made me love her. Like, I want to sit on my couch with a giant glass of wine and a lot of food and watch everything she's ever been in. If she's ever not rich and famous one day, I'd totally let her live in my house and drink all my wine. Or some of it.
The way she talked about her dad was funny, heartwarming, and also sad. It's not all puppies and rainbows, there's actually a lot of deep shit in here, and I appreciated that. But she makes her dad sound awesome, and I loved that.
Quote…He threw out perfect one-liners under his breath while talking to waiters or bankers or my mom - and no one heard them but me. Once my grandma was talking to him, and she said, "If I die..." and he corrected her slyly, "When..."

Quote…I remember walking into the kitchen one time and seeing him pretending that I had just caught him in the act of putting our dog, Muffin, in the microwave.

And Oh My God - when she dates the personal trainer with the filthy apartment? Her descriptions were awesome.

Quote…His body is an immaculate temple. But his actual temple, on the other hand, is maculate. I don't know what that means. But it is.

What I didn’t love:
Loved it all like a chocolate fish.

I highlighted so many passages from this book that I'd never fit them in here without it being some kind of copyright infringement, but I think no matter what age you are (yeah, but over 18) this is perfect reading.

Oh, and one more quote because I loved it.

Quote…His hotness was in the ridiculous range. I felt like we were in that scene from The Little Mermaid where Ursula sings the song about stealing Ariel's voice, and I was one of the weeds on the floor, and Neal was Ariel.
(Hmm? Don't worry about it. All my metaphors aren't gonna hit.)
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